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Information Card for The South Pigeon Creek Dunkard Cemetery
(part of the Ten Mile Church of the Brethren Church congregation)
a.k.a. Dunkard-Letherman or Tombaugh-Letherman Cemetery


Washington County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Database  compiled by Gina Nestor, 2001.

Cemetery Name: The South Pigeon Creek Dunkard Cemetery (Dunkard-Letherman Cemetery or Tombaugh-Letherman or Tombaugh-Leatherman Cemetery)

Address: Leatherman Bridge Road (formerly Leatherman Lantern Road).

Phone: none

Location: Somerset Twp., Washington Co., PA. From Interstate 70, take exit 12 onto Rt. 917 south. Pass through Bentleyville. Turn west onto LR 62155. You will see cemetery on south side of the road. 

OR... From the intersection of Rt. 519 South and Route 40 (The National Road) turn left onto Rt. 40 East at the flashing red light. Go up the hill, then it flattens, going toward Scenery Hill PA  Look for a row of large pines on the left.  Just past the pines is Crescent Drive, where Rt. 40's original path was "moved".  Turn onto Cresent Dr., which immediately turns into Letherman Bridge Rd.  Go down the hill.  After the road flattens and has several curves, the road straightens, with a higher wooded section on the right and a flatter wooded section on the left. The cemetery is faced by a wrought iron fence hidden up a bank on the right side of the road, and is surrounded on three sides by woods.  

Background: This is the cemetery of The South Pigeon Creek Dunkard Cemetery.  The South Pigeon Creek Dunkard Church was the daughter church of the Ten Mile Church of the Brethren (once known as "The Fraternity of German Baptist").  The daughter church was built in 1866 for members in the "northern part of the congregation" near South Pigeon Creek, and Love Feasts and services rotated between the two churches.  Rev. Daniel Lane preached in both churches, and his son James Polk Lane was a church deacon who lived in the parsonage of the South Pigeon Creek Church (see Church Minute Books). 

The South Pigeon Creek Dunkard Church was hit by lightning and caught fire (partially) sometime near 1920s.  The church furnishings were sold soon after and later, the church was torn down.  The last burials were Jeremiah Gayman Bail in about 1920, and later, James Polk Lane and Flora Wynona Lane in unmarked graves; descendants placed a small marker for them about 1991.

The South Pigeon Creek Dunkard Cemetery and Ten Mile Church of the Brethren Cemetery were always referred to as "the Dunkard cemetery" in obituaries.  Later, after the women of the DAR did their cemetery readings and labeled this as the "Leatherman" or "Letherman" Cemetery or "the Leatherman-Tombaugh Cemetery", those names stuck.  The Tombaughs and Letherman monuments are the largest in the cemetery; they were also some of the most prosperous in the area and of this section of the Ten Mile COB congregation.

Since The South Pigeon Creek Dunkard Cemetery has been given so many names and because it is the daughter church of The Ten Mile Church of the Brethren (COB), it's important to know where families lived in relation to each cemetery.  Ten Mile COB and Cemetery is nearest to the Ten Mile Creek and Little Daniel's Run and is above Marianna PA, while The South Pigeon Creek Dunkard Cemetery is nearest South Pigeon Creek and is northwest of Scenery Hill PA.  Rt. 40 separates the two.

Census: Published in "Miscellaneous Cemeteries, Washington Co., PA", Vol. 5, 1984. Copy in genealogical collection at Citizens Library, Washington, PA. This is an incomplete listing.  It does not show burials proven through obituaries.

More Information: Contact this Webmaster, who has the most complete burial census.
The cemetery is overgrown most of the year and the cemetery is full of poison ivy and poison oak as ground cover. It is only mowed twice a year.

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Washington County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Database  compiled by Gina Nestor, 2001.

Note: The numbering is not any reference to the cemetery records, if any exist at all.  Instead, the numbering is only a count on this alphabetical list.


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